Banana Councillor sick of rough, rutted roads
VAUGHN Becker is a disappointed man.
He is disappointed with the previous Taroom Shire Council for not quarantining money earmarked for upgrading the Fitzroy Development Road; he is disappointed with the transitional committee for not ensuring this money was secured and set aside during the amalgamation process; and he is disappointed the current Banana Shire will not honour an agreement set up by defunct Taroom Shire to help seal sections of this road.
The Banana Shire Councillor, representing Division 6 (Taroom/Theodore) voiced his displeasure at Wednesday's meeting.
Under an agreement struck between the old Taroom Council and Main Roads Roma, this rough stretch of dirt ..... was to be progressively sealed.
But with Taroom Shire swallowed up during the local government amaglamations, it appears this agreement has evaporated.
Ratepayers living along the road have written to council voicing their concern about the state of the road and Banana Shire's unwillingness to honour the previous agreement.
Cr Becker said he understood Banana's policy was not to spend money on roads owned by the State Government, instead, lobbying Main Roads to allocate money to upgrade these roads.
But he didn't agree with it.
“I cannot see why we cannot form an alliance with the government to ensure these roads get fixed.
“I can understand that these families are disappointed.
“Some of them have to travel hundreds of kilometres a day just to get their kids to school.
“This is the second time they have been promised that money would be spent to upgrade their road, only to have the promises broken.
“Some of them have to travel hundreds of kilometres a day along this rough and rutted road just to get their kids to school.
“I would not live up that road (Fitzroy Development Road) if I had a young family.”
However, Cr Becker's pleas fell on deaf hears, with the remaining councillors and the Mayor voting to enforce council policy.
Mayor Hooper is hoping to catch up with government officials next week, armed with the letters from the Fitzroy-Development Road residents, seeking cash to fix the road.